Chris Newton: 'Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish's track cycling plans need commitment'

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British Cycling coach Chris Newton believes that Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins would have to put their road careers on hold to make the track cycling team at the 2016 Olympics.

Chris Newton has said that Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will need to put their road racing career on hold if they want to be part of Team GB's track cycling team in 2016.

Following the London Olympics, both cyclists expressed a desire to be part of the team pursuit squad in the velodrome at Rio.

The British Cycling endurance coach told Sky Sports News: "We would like to break the world record. That is the benchmark and what we are aiming at. But it takes a huge commitment for an athlete to do that.

"They can't just walk in from the Tour de France and say, 'Oh, by the way, I want to be a team pursuit rider now'. It doesn't work like that any more.

"The event has moved on and for an athlete to commit that much time will impinge on their road career, so that is the athlete's choice. I think two years. It's a huge commitment. I don't know whether a road career will allow that."

Wiggins is one of Britain's most successful Olympians, having won four golds, a silver and two bronzes during the last four Games, while Cavendish is yet to make the podium at an Olympics.

Bradley Wiggins wins the Tour De France on July 22, 2012
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